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Better functionality with the Adobe PDF Print Engine

Direct processing of native PDF data

Trueflow SE features the newest printing technologies from Adobe Systems, Adobe PDF Print Engine. Compatible with the latest Adobe Cretive Suite 3 DTP environment, Trueflow SE can output files directly from Adobe InDesign CS3 improving data input performance.


Advanced workflow

Trueflow SE has added the Adobe PDF Print Engine to offer full transparency for the Trueflow environment in addition to the traditional workflow.


A hybrid workflow for digital Print-on-Demand (POD) and offset output

Trueflow SE unifies management of output data and processing, whether you use an offset printer or a digital printer

In a hybrid workflow, where data is delivered to the appropriate device according to the number of copies required, it's critical next to maintaining quality, also to ensure smooth management of data before printing starts.
With Trueflow SE, data and process management are unified under one system, before printing.
This makes it easy to respond to changes even last-minute changes in the number of copies required.


Optimal data provided to the output device

Another benefit of Trueflow SE is that it minimizes the variations in output from different devices by tailoring the data for the specific output device, whether requiring embedded fonts or adding trapped data.
Output instructions are easy to setup; simply create a job ticket for the output device within Trueflow SE.

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Trueflow SE, A fully JDF-compliant PDF workflow system

Not only does Trueflow SE allow communications between JDF-enabled devices and systems with its JDF-based job tickets, it also offers preflight checking and trapping, within Screen’s acclaimed late-binding workflow.
Trueflow SE also assures reliable file handling through the use of Outline PDF and PDF/X files, which are becoming the standard for multi-site and networked operations.

Scalable workflow for CTP and print production with JDF

Trueflow SE is the core of Screen’s latest innovative JDF-based business solutions, which manage and drive automation in a print related environment and enable two-way communication in a JDF environment.
Featuring JDF-based job tickets, Trueflow SE provides process automation throughout the production process, from job data receipt and preflight to automated prepress, imposition, PDF RIP’ing, and the output of print-job files for proofers, imagesetters, and platesetters—and with the aid of a JDF-enabled MIS, it can even drive JDFenabled printing presses and post-press equipment.
Trueflow SE can generate JDF automatic processing job tickets based on information from a JDF-enabled MIS job ordering system, and feed job status and processing results back to the MIS.
Trueflow SE also collects valuable information that will help you redefine your production process and increase profits.
It has the scalability to support a wide range of JDF-based file formats, such as imposition JDF data, and maximizes interoperability with other JDF-enabled press and post-press systems.


Networked CTP workflow production

Trueflow SE is an open system designed for today’s networked production environments. It runs on the Windows Server platform, and its license-free client system allows Trueflow SE clients to operate on any network platform.
Trueflow SE incorporates the latest Adobe PDF interpreter, and can accept standard PDF 1.4/1.5/1.6 and PostScript data files, as well as supporting JDF ticket based workflow technologies for automated production.
Trueflow SE automation for output-ready jobs covers every step of your production workflow, including preflight, overprint, automated trapping, imposition, multiple format output, and CIP3 PPF/CIP4 JDF.


Wide range of file formats supported

Trueflow SE accepts standard PDF data files such as PDF/X1-a, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4 files.
Print-job files can even be output across a network, and Trueflow’s Outline PDF and 1-bit TIFF files offer reliable data transfer for output through proofers, imagesetters, and platesetters at remote sites.


User-friendly “job-flow” visual operator interface

Trueflow SE features an extremely user-friendly graphical user interface and puts everything just a click of the mouse away.
Job files are presented in an easy-to-grasp, graphical form, and a variety of new features significantly increase operating efficiency.
The drag and drop "jobflow" style interface design makes it easy to create the desired processing workflow.
Simply drag icons representing process steps from the list on the left side of the screen and drop them onto the job tickets.
Intuitive pop-up menus simplify navigation through multiple menu layers.


Auto-trap and interactive trapping

Integrated automated trapping is a standard feature for Trueflow SE. Trueflow’s Auto-trap handles object trapping, overprinting, centerline luminosity, kickback, and guaranteed color registration. Files are trapped using the parameters defined in the Auto-trap template.
These include special trap settings for spot colors and kickbacks. A screen preview simulation of trapped results is available, and text-toimage and tint-to-image settings can be specified.
PDF Trapeditor/Trapeditor allows users to apply trapping to each individual object in a Trueflow SE job. It can also be used to modify existing trapping instructions. The effects of the changes can be previewed on screen by the operator, ensuring the right results. Multi-screening instructions can also be created, to ensure that optimal screening is applied to each individual object.


Easy plate imposition

Trueflow SE offers a plate imposition function specifically for CTP workflows. This function features an easy-to-use visual operator interface for plate, paper, and file positioning that makes it easy to set and edit plate signature settings for an imposition template, or to create output ready signature files for platesetters and proofers.
The fully supported plate imposition function features a wide range of imposition template editing tools, color control bars, and register marks.
It allows you to edit the plate layout plan so you can lay out multiple jobs on a single film or plate, and supports on-screen previewing of the plate layout, including printer’s marks.
Edit plate settings include:For plate: Plate size, center offset, and grip width. For paper: Paper size, base point of grip, and grip width. For finishing: Place target (plate or paper), base point of grip, and origin.
The plate size, paper size, gripper margin, and plate margin information in the signature pattern files created by the plate imposition function can be changed at a client computer.
(Page size editing will soon be available as well.)


Spot color merge and filtering

You can merge spot colors simply by choosing the colors to merge from the registry's color list and then re-importing the file.
This is a useful function in cases where the spot color names used in Illustrator and QuarkXPress, for example, are different, but the color is actually the same.
With the spot color merge function, you can merge the two colors and output them on the same plate.


JDF-based automated workflow and flexible late-binding function

Trueflow SE offers two different automated workflow paths that use JDF technology: Hot folder and Job-container.
These automated workflow paths provide customized automated processing for everything from initial input to final output. Trueflow SE also features a Job workflow path for jobs with a large number of pages, which enables output processing while keeping track of multiple folds and pages.
The flexible Job workflow path is late binding, and has the advantage of allowing last-minute corrections by the page.

Hot folder workflow path

For output-ready jobs, Trueflow SE uses a fully automated workflow involving intuitive job tickets and hot folders.
You can use TrueflowÕs hot folders to create fully automated custom workflow paths.
After the folders are created, you simply drag and drop a job file into the appropriate hot folder; the remaining steps through output are carried out automatically.

Job-container workflow path

The Job-container hot folder workflow path is a flexible automated workflow that can process PostScript or PDF data for pages as they arrive, even if some of the pages are missing or out of order.
If some pages are likely to arrive late, this intelligent Job-container workflow path is probably your best choice. It enables automated parallel processing of a large number of multiple-page and page-independent late-binding files in an output-ready signature.
The Job-container workflow helps eliminate delays and assures consistent productivity for plate output ready jobs.

Flexible Job workflow path

If you use the Job workflow path, when you enter a signature number in a PostScript or PDF file name, Trueflow SE automatically assigns the resulting pages to that signature.
The Job workflow path also gives you the flexibility to insert blank sheets and numbers.
Trueflow SE offers Late Binding Technology, allowing users to change the signature after data has been initially assigned, or process the job using a different workflow ticket from the one originally selected.
With this workflow option, you can even use separate workflow tickets to process different pages or signatures.
The Job workflow path provides uniquely flexible late-binding functionality and enables true last-minute page replacement. Changes can be made to any one page without affecting the other pages.
It's also easy to add in new pages that arrive late. This workflow, which is made possible by Trueflow's superior job recorder and page RIP functions, eliminates delays and assures jobs are ready for prompt plate output.
Trueflow SE also offers a hot folder copy function that makes it easy to reproduce the workflow tickets in a hot folder and eliminates the need to create tickets in advance.
Trueflow SE can also include separate proofing and plate output imposition processing settings in a single workflow ticket.
You can even make settings so that a workflow ticket that includes imposition settings automatically outputs the job signatures to a proofer once the page data is received.


Two functions that make two-site operations even better

JDF-JOB support

With the incorporation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine, Trueflow SE is now compatible with the JDF-JOB format workflow and can transport both Polished Page PDFs and Outline PDF files between different locations.
Job files include processing parameters and version information, detected automatically at the output site and applied during output.

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E-mail notification

The e-mail notification function uses the mail server to notify you whenever a specific process is completed or if an error occurs.
Notification for a single process in a given workflow can be sent to up to three different e-mail addresses.
This function increases efficiency by assuring that the proper people know the status of a given job at all times.
Trueflow SE also offers a truly unique feature: e-mail notification of job progress for remote operators.


Real-time job progress monitoring and editing page data

Job progress can be monitored in real time in a networked environment.
It's easy to tell job status for pages being processed or jobs awaiting data at a glanceÑyellow indicates processing is in progress, while green indicates processing is finished.
When you double click on the thumbnail icon for a page that is stopped or for which processing is complete, the launch menu is displayed, and you can edit the job as desired, merging spot colors or using TrapEditor, DotTiffView, or FlatWorker, for example. You can even switch pages or send a job to a recorder for output again, or check the details of an error.


An advanced RGB workflow that would make a high-end scanner proud

Trueflow SE now features intelligent image quality management options made possible by the acclaimed Colorgenius DC color conversion engine featured in the high-end Cézanne scanner.
While you are working on the job, the images in the PDF are displayed in vivid RGB and handled with their industry standard ICC profiles and an additional recipe file (setup file) that contains magnification, sharpness, and tone data.
Then, just before output, the remarkable color conversion engine automatically converts the RGB data to CMYK of a quality that rivals what an experienced operator could produce.
The end result is higher print quality for you and your customers.


Powerful and flexible Archive solution

JobArchiver is a powerful and flexible archive solution designed specifically for Trueflow. This easy to-use software integrates with Trueflow SE to provide flexible storage of completed jobs, as well as efficient search, retrieval, and restoration.
JobArchiver complements Trueflow by archiving Trueflow jobs, including PostScript, PDF, Dot TIFF, and EPS files, as well as Trueflow's templates and signatures. It also supports specific Trueflow features such as Job color coding and image file previewing.
JobArchiver gives you the peace of mind that comes from reliable backup, without affecting system performance.


High-quality screening library and multi-screening support

Trueflow SE supports Screen’s extensive screening library, including the innovative Spekta 2 AM/FM hybrid screening, high-quality FM Randot X screening, and AM high frequency screening. This complete screening library offers printers the ultimate in choice, quality, and reliability. Screen's unique multiscreening settings support, a software option, helps you improve quality and add value to your product. It can be applied to every kind of object, from images and text to solid backgrounds, decorative lines, outline characters, and diagonal screened lines. You can select a different kind of screening as appropriate for different objects within a single page, which makes it easy to eliminate moiré or give certain parts of the page different finishes.


Spektacolor

With Spektacolor, the spot color specifications in the job file received are color converted to a CMYK + Spot Color inkset (maximum 8 colors). The combination of this color conversion technology and high-frequency screening creates tone reproduction that is similar to that achieved when spot color inks are used. Overruns, ink consumption, make-ready and cleaning times can be reduced or eliminated when spot color inks are reduced to a simple color set of CMYK + Spot Colors inkset (maximum 8 colors).
What's more, there's no need for the designer to worry about printing conditions; designers can simply select and specify spot colors for the image as desired. Spektacolor converts the RGB specifications in the data received to a CMYK + Spot Color inkset (maximum eight colors).
Two to four spot colors can be added to the traditional CMYK color set to ensure high-quality output of colors that are difficult to reproduce using the four CMYK colors alone. CMYK + Spot Color inksets provide vivid color with a terrific visual impact, and are indispensable for package design - especially since the visual impression made by a product's packaging is so critical to sales results.


Working with MIS

Since Trueflow is connected to your MIS, it can automatically generate Job tickets using JDF Job ticket data (containing processing instructions) from the production office. This assures correct transmission of information between the various production processes to enable a seamless and efficient workflow. Not only does this eliminate errors but it keeps the production staff up to date on the status of each job in production.


Supports CIP3/CIP4 for press and post-press support

Trueflow SE outputs PPF files that comply with CIP3/4 standards. These files, which use prepress data to streamline downstream processes, dramatically reduce the work involved in setting up PPF-compatible printing presses by offering automated ink key control. PPF files can also be set up to include information for postpress devices such as binding, cutting, and folding equipment. Trueflow SE offers all the process integration advantages of CIP3/CIP4 support.


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Trueflow SE Rite

All the functions you need for CtP output

Trueflow SE Rite is an entry-level workflow RIP featuring the basic Trueflow SE functions relating to CtP output. Like Trueflow SE, it boasts standard features such as TIFF output and recorder output, and advanced features like AutoTrap, imposition scheme and impositioning can be added as options.
Trueflow SE Rite can even be upgraded to the full version of Trueflow SE on-site, making it the perfect tool for a growing business.
Trueflow SE Rite offers Hot Folder and Job Container workflows. Using it is easy. Operators can simply drag and drop job data in to the workflow Hot Folder for CtP output.

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Trueflow FlatRunner SE

All the functions you need for CtP output

Trueflow FlatRunner SE can accept Outline PDF, PJTF, and JDF-JOB files created by Trueflow SE or Trueflow3 and output that data to any SCREEN CtP recorder.
In a workflow that incorporates Trueflow FlatRunner SE, tasks can be distributed so that plate data creation and page layout are carried out by Trueflow FlatRunner SE and FlatWorker SE, while page data is handled by Trueflow SE.
This reduces the load on Trueflow SE and makes it easy to carry out prepress and platemaking operations at two different sites. It also increases the business’s capacity to take on jobs.

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